Towson Opens Season with Big Win over Oregon
from press release
TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore Andi Raymond
scored the first three goals of her career as the Tigers rolled to
a 16-5 win over Oregon on Tuesday morning in their season opener.
Raymond was one of seven different Tigers (1-0) to score en route
to the victory.
“I’m pleased with the way we played today,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “I thought we might have played a little slow in the first quarter of the game but we made some adjustments and really played a strong second half.”
The two teams battled early and found themselves tied at 3-3 with 13:56 remaining in the first half. LaMonica called timeout following the back-to-back goals by the Ducks and the Tigers responded by scoring three straight to take a 6-3 lead with 10:37 to play in the half. Two of the three goals came on free position attempts and were scored by sophomore Rhiannon Coogle and red shirt sophomore Ashleigh Rohrback.
After an Oregon goal by Nikki Puszcz briefly broke up the Tigers’ run, the home team would strike for two more to take a 8-4 lead at the half. Junior Ashley Waldron scored with 13 seconds remaining in the half on a free position attempt while sophomore Kelly Murkey tallied an unassisted goal with one second remaining in the period.
The Tigers came out of the half playing strong and scored the first three goals of the second stanza. Waldron struck for her second of the game while Raymond and junior Kelly Custer completed their “hat tricks.” Towson held an 11-4 advantage with 12:28 to play in the game.
Shannon Propst scored an unassisted tally at 8:56 to break up a 5-0 run by the Tigers that dated back to the first half.
Towson would score five times in the final seven minutes of play including three from sophomore Katie Leech. Coogle and Rohrback would each score their second goals of the game during that stretch as well.
Towson out shot Oregon 26-18 and held a slim 16-15 edge in groundballs.
Senior Mary Teeters made 10 saves while playing the first 58:10 of the game in goal. Freshman Kelsea Donnelly played the final 1:50 in goal and was not forced to make a save. Caroline Federighi made four saves in goal for Oregon.
Raymond, Leech and Custer all recorded “hat tricks” for the Tigers. Leech would also add an assist in the game. Coogle had two goals and an assist while Murkey scored a goal and had two assists.
Puszcz led Oregon with three goals in the game.
Towson returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 29 when it hosts UMBC at 4 p.m.